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The Crawling Release New Video ‘Rancid Harmony’

The Crawling have released a new video ‘Rancid Harmony’ from their acclaimed album ‘Wolves And The Hideous White’.

As is the norm with this band. It’s an uplifting tale of sorrow. Well, may not that uplifting but it’s nice to know we’re not the only ones dead inside…

Andy commented; “Is experiencing a connection with someone on any level better than none at all? Rancid Harmony reflects the facade of enjoyment, the dance we sell to the world, when inside it’s nothing but rot, and everyone sees it.”

This band can do no wrong in my eyes and always release material of the highest quality. I wondered could they equal or better their previous album ‘Anatomy Of Loss’ and they did with ‘Wolves and The Hideous White’.
A truly outstanding album and was in our list of Best Albums of 2018.




Previously released video ‘Wolves And The Hideous White’

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Zeolite Release Brutal New Single/Video ‘Despised’

Melbourne’s Zeolite are squarely targeting religion and its effects on society and those who they deem to be ‘despicable.’ They are releasing their new single ‘Despised’ into the world on Friday March 20 – and the message couldn’t be more clear. In this political and religious climate, this single and video states boldly and definitively – Religion is a cancer on the human race.

‘Despised’ will be available at all digital stores and streaming platforms – and can be pre-saved here

The lyrics in ‘Despised’ very clearly criticise the Church and their treatment of the very people they swear they have vowed to protect and care for. Vocalist Fraser Mainwaring spoke about the lyrics of the song. “Lyrically, we talk about the ‘Despised’, but from the standpoint that the religion despises those with a free mind. For example, the lyrics: “We are the ones you despise” refers to the ‘enlightened’ whom they view as “the filth from under the dirt”.” 

Patrick Haas discussed the videoclip – “The clip takes a slightly different stance of the situation, where we are drawing parallels between religion and cult. Basically if you bring the degrees of separation down to zero, you see they are one and the same. Also, both allow those in positions of power in these institutions to manipulate followers into committing horrible, abhorrent acts, and also to hide behind these institutions to justify and shield their own actions, and motives.

They are also taking the new track out on the road on The Death Cult Tour in May 2019 alongside Xenobiotic. Friday 17 May sees both bands kick off the tour in Melbourne at Stay Gold, then on to Enigma Bar in Adelaide Saturday 18 May, Friday 24 May in Brisbane at The Brightside, Canberra at Transit Bar, and finishing in Sydney on Sunday 26 May at Frankie’s Pizza. Tickets are on sale now – hit for details.

Since their inception in 2014, Zeolite has established and built themselves as ones of the premier Death Metal outfits in Australia – garnering 5-star praise from triple j The Racket’s Lochlan WattHysteria Mag stating that “…if ever you wanted to self-induce whiplash with some windmilling of your fine locks, look no further than Melbourne metallers Zeolite“, and The Circle Pit likening listening to the band to “…receiving a good kick to the teeth. Don’t get me wrong now. As far as kicks to the teeth go, this one is actually quite pleasurable. Something like taking a fuzzy slipper to a mouth guard following a large dose of morphine.” 

Since the release of Zeolite’s self-titled debut effort and their sophomore release Sermones Mortis, Zeolite have been relentlessly and tirelessly working to give Australia a taste of their
unique, diabolically heavy, sonic onslaught. They have garnered support slots for acts such as PsycropticGoatwhoreArchspireChelsea GrinNorthlaneNe ObliviscarisBoris the Blade, the main support slot for The Black Dahlia Murder and Aborted‘s most recent run across Australia, and performed at notorious festivals including Blacken Open AirDead of Winter FestivalFalls Festival and Metal Fusion. Both of their 2018 singles “Ruination” and “Plutocracy” found themselves in The Faction’s Hardest 100 of 2018, voted by fans. 

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Mix/Master by: Mendel Bij de Leij
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Order Sixty Six Release Debut EP ‘Sirens’

Order Sixty Six Release Debut EP ‘Sirens’

Dublin based Order Sixty Six have released their debut EP ‘Sirens’ on all digital platforms.
They released this statement.

Tomorrow at 10am we release our 2017 EP ‘Sirens’. It’s taken a long time for us to decide to release it, but we hope you enjoy.

It will be available on all major platforms such as Spotify, iTunes etc.

Artwork by Notion Design
Recorded and Mixed by JSR Audio


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Melbourne Hardcore Outfit Born Free Release New Single ‘Blinded’ Through Resist Records

Born Free, Melbourne hardcore outfit signed to Resist Records, are back! Returning to the fold after a reasonable absence from the scene, they are today announcing a brand new single, ‘Blinded’. The single will see its release this Friday March 15 on all good digital platforms and streaming outlets. The single is the first cut from a forthcoming record – with more details to be revealed very soon.

They are also off to Newcastle’s Hamilton Station Hotel on Friday March 23 to headline Last Ride Records‘ 2019 Showcase show, alongside Ill NaturedPrimitive BlastCaged Existence and more, with tickets available on the door.

The new album was recorded in Winter 2018 at Black Lodge Studios (old three phase studio) in Brunswick, Melbourne with Mike Deslandes (from Melbourne’s blackened Rock ‘N’ Roll outfit High Tension). The new record is the first from the band to feature new member Josh Manitta (CarpathianWarbrain) – who has brought on a more layered and melodic style to their previous 2015 album Sorrow, and is a natural progression musically from their Upon my Head tape, released in 2017. The band has further utilised vocalist Nathan’s clean singing, while also creating what is their heaviest album to date, yet more structured and more melodic.

Lyrically, Nathan has strived to vent about the destruction of the planet, internal anguish and a personal take of life, death and everything in between and aimed to create a more dynamic and matured sound for this album.

Born Free have done some notable tours in their 6 years of proudly representing Melbourne hardcore throughout the land, with bands like TurnstileExpireBlacklisted and Miles Away, as well as notorious/memorable shows with standout hardcore acts BaneRival MobMindsnareEndless Heights and Break the Ice

The band have more recently played less to really focus on writing and recording – but are excited to get on the road and show what Born Free is in 2019! 

Born Free’s new single ‘Blinded’ will see its release on Friday March 15 through Resist Records.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Release ‘Spoke In The Wheel’ Music Video

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have released a new music video for their song ‘Spoke In The Wheel’, taken from their upcoming LP due out this spring. Directed by long-time director and collaborator Justin Reich, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the band since ‘Trampled Down Below’. was released last year from the Grimmest Hits LP.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will release Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19 on May 17, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). ‘Spoke In The Wheel’ is available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive that single as an instant download. “Spoke In The Wheel” is available on all streaming services today.   

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Thanks to a new arrangement with record label Entertainment One (eOne), BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s back catalogue is now all in one place, uniting the band’s earlier work with their more recent output. The “re-blended” version of their classic debut is resurrected bigger than ever without sacrificing its familiar kick. Plus, there are two bonus cuts: a full band/piano version of ‘Spoke in the Wheel’ and an acoustic take on ‘Black Pearl’.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have also announced their “20 Years of Sonic Brewtality Tour”, a brand-new batch of 2019 North American tour dates in conjunction with the new release. The band will play two shows in each market – the first night will feature Sonic Brew played in its entirety, while the second night will see the band play a set of greatest hits. Support will come from Conan and The Atomic Bitchwax. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will also participate in U.S festivals Sonic Temple, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville on this run.

Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar
John DeServio – Bass
Dario Lorina – Guitar
Jeff Fabb – Drums

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Irish Death Metal Act Fleshwolf Release Second Single The Rot On March 31st

FLESHWOLF is a new one-man Death Metal project from Northern Ireland, strongly influenced by classic Swedish Death Metal.

The Rot is the second single release, following on from the well received debut single “Trench”, and is available from all major streaming and digital services from 31 March 2019.

Dedicated to all who have been chained to the shackles of debt and consumerism, “The Rot” explores a life of expected servitude under the shallow and fickle tactics employed by the factory and office’s self-righteous “management”.

FLESHWOLF is the sound of a Boss HM2 Heavy Metal pedal and thirty years in the underground metal scene. Taking his punk DIY ethos to it’s logical conclusion, Marty wrote and played all instruments (except drums which are drum patterns played by Joe Babiak (Altitudes & Attitude)), as well as recording and mixing the album himself.


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